A former community council leader has hit out at drivers who caused damage at Arbroath’s Victoria Park.
Patricia Millar, who served on the now defunct Arbroath Community Council for 25 years and was chairwoman for six, has said she is “very angry” after a number of tyre tracks been worn into the ground near the park’s football pitches.
“I’m annoyed that this keeps happening again and again,” she said.
“It never seems to stop and every time this damage is caused, it has to be repaired and that’s more money out of our pockets.”
Mrs Millar told the Tele that as well as “joyriders”, problems can also be caused by people who park next to the pitch, when they are playing football.
She said it was “so unnecessary”, “lazy” and “people should park in the proper area”.
When the community council was still active, Mrs Millar claimed they had suggested a possible solution to the problem that was rejected by Angus Council.
She said: “When I was on the community council, we suggested fencing could be put up around the park, to stop this happening.
“Even if it couldn’t go around the whole park, it could have at least be placed in the hotspots, but Angus Council said that it wasn’t practical.”
A number of residents also spoke out about the damage on social media.
One asked if cameras would be suitable to catch these “mindless morons”, while another described it as “mindless vandalism”.
Mrs Millar added that she hoped if people stood up and reported the culprits it might stop.
She added: “It’s up to the community. If we don’t back down and care about our community, we can get this fixed.”
A spokeswoman for Angus Council said: “Although on this occasion damage to the grass was superficial, in less favourable conditions the damage can be extensive.
“If a driver were to lose control there is a serious risk of injury and we would ask anyone witnessing such anti-social behaviour to contact the police on 101.”